Governor Sean Parnell on Friday morning named Sam Kito III as the new District 32 representative to the Legislature for downtown Juneau and Douglas.
Kito is a civil engineer and also has been a legislative lobbyist. He was born in Anchorage, lived in Fairbanks, and has worked on transportation projects throughout the state. He’s been in Juneau for 18 years.
Tongass Democrats earlier had nominated Kito, legislative aide Jesse Keihl, and legislature aide Catherine Reardon for the vacant seat.
The new representative replaces former representative Beth Kerttula who resigned her seat in January to accept a fellowship at Stanford University. The governor had thirty days to make an appointment.
The nomination must be confirmed by vote of Democrats in the House.